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Switzerland of Ohio to use Laude system

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WOODSFIELD — The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education is preparing to change from a class ranking system to a laude system in order to encourage students to take more advanced classes and to encourage higher student achievement across the spectrum. Jennifer Bohach, ...

Drug cases among activities at Belmont County Common Pleas court

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Both Belmont County Common Pleas courtrooms have been busy this week, beginning with a rush of cases before Judge Frank Fregiato. James Christopher Putnam, 43, of 119 Porter St., Waynesburg, Pa., was arraigned and pleaded innocent to failure to comply with the order or ...

Group meets to discuss graduation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Education’s own data indicated that more than one in four members of the Class of 2018 across the state will need additional support and intervention during their two remaining school years in order to graduate with their classmates. Legislators, ...

Ohio Valley Newsliners

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Martins Ferry Police Department On Saturday, Brandon Michael Green, 24, of 101 Main St., Rayland, was cited for driving 61 mph in a 50 mph zone. He was fined $139. On Saturday, David A Warner, 20, of 2407 Alexander Manor, Steubenville, was cited for driving 65 mph in a 50 mph zone. ...

Health board OKs lower 2018 budget

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Health this week approved a 2018 budget of $839,000, which is lower than its budget for this year or the two previous years. Robert Sproul, deputy county health commissioner, said the budget is smaller because lower insurance costs are ...

Injured wrestler returns to Buckeye Local High School

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CONNORVILLE — A shining light led the Buckeye Local High School wrestling team onto the mat Tuesday afternoon during an Assembly Match inside the Panthers Den. Travis Light, the Panthers’ 120-pound freshman who was severely injured just 11 days ago while competing in the Panther ...

Land Bank to expand priorities in 2017

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Land Reutilization Corp. is moving forward with new leadership and expanded priorities in 2017. Since its inception in 2014, the goal of the organization has been to acquire, rehabilitate and demolish structures on real property in an effort to foster ...

Commissioners approve road agreements

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CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners discussed road use maintenance agreements and other issues Wednesday. Doug Crabtree, representing the Harrison County Engineer’s Office, presented commissioners with two RUMAs. The first agreement is between the county and Cardinal Midstream, which ...

Switzerland of Ohio BOE rewards long-term volunteers

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WOODSFIELD — The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Board of Education values volunteers and wants to help make it easier for them to work in the district. When residents of the district want to volunteer in any capacity in the schools, they first must go through baseline Ohio Bureau ...

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Mark Zelewicz Jr. holds up a pot of flowers ready for delivery. The increased Valentine’s Day business has employees of the Ferry Flower and Gift shop working hard to deliver colorful fresh flowers to all who have ordered them.

Businesses welcome Valentine’s Day shoppers

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — With Valentines’ Day upon us again, many people in the Ohio Valley are looking forward to spending time with their romantic partners. Whether they have planned a night out, a quiet home-cooked meal or to simply sit on the couch and watch a movie, couples look forward ...

CEO: The Health Plan too big for new facility

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WHEELING — The Health Plan is outgrowing its new headquarters already — even before construction of the downtown Wheeling building is finished. On Monday, workers placed the final steel beam atop the frame of the four-story structure, located in the 1100 block of Main and ...

Shadyside council examines options for dilapidated building

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SHADYSIDE — Mayor Robert Newhart and village council are exploring options to tear down the building at the corner of East 39th Street and Central Avenue in the heart of Shadyside’s business district. The property, owned by the estate of the late Robert Bond, is located at 3896 and ...

Ohio Valley Newsliners

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Martins Ferry Police Department On Saturday, Monica A. Redman, 42, of 292 Yearling Road, Apt K, Columbus, Ohio, was cited for driving 66 mph in a 50 mph zone. She was fined $149. On Saturday, Madison Suzanne Huffman, 20, of 43 Table Rock Lane, Wheeling, was cited for driving 65 mph in ...

Man gets eight year sentence in child porn case

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Shaun Arther Ray Pack will spend the next eight years in prison after he was sentenced on one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor on Monday. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank ...

Monroe County vacates roads, accepts bids

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WOODSFIELD — The Monroe County Board of Commissioners held two public hearings to close portions of two Switzerland Township roads that have long been out of use. The roads, both dead-ends, are on private property owned by Jonas Troyer. “One of the roads hasn’t been maintained in ...

Ferry schools ponder expanding drug-free club

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MARTINS FERRY — Principal Michael Delatore of Martins Ferry Middle School proposed to board of education members Monday that administrators and faculty join the school’s Drug Free Club in volunteering for drug screenings. He spoke about the importance of transparency and the show of trust ...

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Coaches and players in the St. Clairsville Co-ed Roller Hockey League pose for a group picture at a practice session Wednesday. From left are Robert Wensyel, Marius Trouten, Tommy Wensyel, Badyn Woodford,  coach Tom Wensyel, Ashton Glover, coach Doug Glover, Abby Brocklehurst, Rec Center program supervisor Sean Hanley, Elissa Goudy, Elanna Goudy, Kari Wensyel, Kiara Wensyel (kneeling), Cecelia Wensyel and Madison Samuels.

Roller hockey gets kids active

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A local man is trying to get children out and active with a youth roller hockey league. The St. Clairsville Co-ed Roller Hockey League was started by local resident Tom Wensyel. Wensyel was born in Columbus and has been interested in hockey all his life, even coaching ...

THE NORTH Eighth Street slip is impacting other areas of the neighborhood including a sewage line and manhole located in alleyway between Eighth and Seventh streets. Meanwhile, the city is working to secure additional money to cover the $615,000 piling wall job for the street collapse.

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North Eighth Street causes more headaches

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MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry City Council members learned recently the North Eighth Street collapse is negatively impacting other areas of the same neighborhood — and that the estimated price of a piling wall to remedy the slip has increased by $80,000. During last week’s council ...

Residents keep an eye on the sky

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CADIZ — A training program can help residents and first responders learn to recognize dangerous weather patterns before they strike. The Harrison County Emergency Management Agency is holding a training class in partnership with the National Weather Service. The name of the program is ...

Switzerland of Ohio adds new elective course

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BEALLSVILLE — A recent district-wide student survey led to the creation of a new elective course to be added to the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District’s high school course catalOgs for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley provided the results of a survey that ...